It's time to nominate science fiction and fantasy movies and TV series for the Constellation Awards, Canada's awards for excellence in science fiction film and television ( http://constellations.tcon.ca/ ). Here are the movies, TV series, and artists whom I will be nominating. 2011 was another year of overhyped blockbuster movies like Green Lantern, Thor, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, or Captain America, but I'll nominate the underrated and understated works. While they didn't have massive explosions or giant robots, they did have well-written stories about people and great performances by their actors.
In particular, the CBC TV series Being Erica had a splendid season, and though it's overlooked by hard-core, convention-going science fiction fans, I think it deserves several nominations this year.
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1. Best Male Performance in a 2011 Science Fiction Television Episode:
Michael Riley in Being Erica "Sins of the Father"
In "Sins of the Father", Doctor Tom, so used to giving advice to others, realizes that he needs therapist to fix his life of broken relationships. Michael Riley gives his best performance of the series.
2. Best Female Performance in a 2011 Science Fiction Television Episode:
Erin Karpluk in Being Erica "Dr. Erica"
Erin Karpluk has to tie up all the loose threads of Erica Strange's life in this episode, and she does it so well.
3. Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2011:
Season four was full of drama, humour, and romance. The three previous seasons have been building towards it. What could be better?
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4. Best Male Performance in a 2011 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series:
Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code
This is an intellectual thriller that deserved to do better at the box office. Jake Gyllenhaal is superb as an Air Force officer who gets sent back in time repeatedly to the same train bombing.
5. Best Female Performance in a 2011 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie or Mini-Series:
Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
Kirsten Dunst's character both neurotically ruins her own wedding and calmly prepares for the end of the world without any change in her personality. She won the Best Actress Award at Cannes for this one.
6. Best Science Fiction Film, TV Movie or Mini-Series of 2011:
This is an art house movie about the discovery of a twin Earth, where there is a duplicate of everyone on our planet. Quiet and thought-provoking.
7. Best Technical Accomplishment in a 2011 Science Fiction Film or Television Production:
Douglas Trumbull for special effects in The Tree of Life
In The Tree of Life, he created the universe, matter, energy, the planets, life, evolution, and dinosaurs, and that darn meteorite, all in twenty minutes.
8. Best Overall 2011 Science Fiction Film or Television Script:
Being Erica episode "Dr. Erica"
This is the end of season four, and it's a remarkable episode, showing how Erica and her friends and family have made dramatic changes in their lives. In four years, Erica Strange has gone from neurotic, single therapy patient to a confident book publisher with a steady boyfriend. But that's not the end of her story, as "Dr. Erica" sets her up for a new stage in her life.
9. Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2011:
Being Erica (TV series)